Adobe Photoshop Elements 11
Adobe Photoshop Elements 11

Best photo-editing software for most

Experts agree that Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 is what most users should turn to for photo editing and simple design. It's easier to use than Photoshop; its newly redesigned interface makes working with your images easy on the eyes, and at a fraction of the price, it's a lot easier on the wallet. Read the full review

GIMP
GIMP

Free photo-editing software

With sophisticated features and tools, it's truly amazing that GIMP costs you nothing. Most reviewers acknowledge that you will need to spend some time with GIMP to get to know its interface and learn the tricks and nuances, but for tech-savvy students -- or anyone -- on a shoestring budget, it can't be beat. Read the full review

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Adobe Lightroom 5
Adobe Lightroom 5

Best photo organizer and editor

Adobe Lightroom 5 has evolved from its humble beginnings as a companion to Photoshop. Its prowess as a workflow tool, a RAW file converter and organizer is undisputed, but it has also quietly become a photo-editing powerhouse, reviewers say. For photography purists, it might be an even better choice than Photoshop CS6 and not just because of the much lower price. Read the full review

Adobe Creative Suite 6
Adobe Creative Suite 6

Professional photo-editing software

Adobe Photoshop CS6 has long been the industry standard for graphic designers and photographers who need the most advanced image manipulation tools. Based on features alone, reviewers say no other program measures up. The latest version is much speedier and even has basic video-editing capability. Read the full review

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